Heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes are known as the largest killers nowadays. They are often caused by hypertension. The Dash Diet (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) is quite effective to control dangerous hypertension. The Dash Diet is a perfect eating plan to prevent and control the hypertension. It is a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
The Dash Diet has been promoted by NIH, a USA government organization. Hypertension afflicts about one billion people across the globe. This diet cures other diseases also. “It is not a diet for one disease. It is a diet for all diseases” (Appel).
The emphasisof the Dash Diet is on eating whole grain food, fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk products, smaller intake of salt, and avoiding red meat, sweets, sugar-containing beverages.
Frank Sacks rightly says: “The DASH diet was a real breakthrough for lowering blood pressure and we changed it. We reduced the carbohydrate content and replaced it with unsaturated fat or protein, and it lowered blood pressure more and improved lipids, and overall cardiovascular risk goes down.”
Thelatest medical researches and reports very aptly reveal the great benefits of the Dash diet with its emphasis on vegetarian diet to keep good health:
"The plan, called the DASH diet, favors fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and plant-based protein over meat. Women with those eating habits were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 18 percent less likely to have a stroke than women with more typical American diets."
It is necessary to add that the Dash Diet is lifestyle plan for eating, not a weight loss technique. Weight loss is possible if we take less calories. The Dash Diet includes lean meats, fish, low-fat milk, nuts and seeds. The medical experts rightly advise regular physical activity and exercise, lower intake of sodium and alcohol to reduce our risks of hypertension and stroke. Dash Diet is a real breakthrough in lowering blood pressure.